Adley Rutschman returns to Reser, the ovation is "all he can ask for"

Adley Rutschman returns to Reser, the ovation is "all he can ask for"

A familiar face appeared in Reser.

Adley Rutschman returned to Corvallis and was recognized for winning the 2019 Golden Spikes award. The Beaver faithful gave him an ovation at the end of the first quarter timeout in Oregon State’s contest against the Washington Huskies on Friday night. 

The award is given out annually to the best amateur baseball player in the nation. Not only did Rutschman win the award last season, but he also won the National Championship in 2018 and was selected first overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2019 MLB Draft. 

At the recognition, Rutschman was surrounded by “family” --- his parents, friends, former teammates and his old coach Pat Casey.

Rutschman discussed the occasion.

It’s an unbelievable feeling. I feel right at home...to have Beaver Nation recognize me. It’s all I could ask for... I just feel extremely supported and extremely humbled to be a part of this.

You can watch the full video above.

Oregon State Beavers continue best start to a season since 1984

Oregon State Beavers continue best start to a season since 1984

For the first time since 1984, the Oregon State Beavers are 8-1. The 1984-85 Beavers team started that season 14-1. 

The Beavers (8-1) blew out Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) 80-46 at Gill Coliseum Saturday afternoon. Yes, they destroyed a terrible opponent who was also injured but you can’t knock the Beavers for taking care of business. In Tres Tinkle's final collegiate season, the Beavers want to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since his freshman season, and their play shows they can accomplish that goal.

Speaking of which, Tinkle led the Beavers with 26 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. To get the scoring started for his squad, Tinkle got up on a backdoor alley oop.

He scored 10 of the Beavers’ first 17 points. 

Ethan Thompson wasn’t done throwing dimes after his first alley oop to Tinkle. Later in the first half he threw it up to Kylor Kelley who finished the play.

Thompson finished the game with 21 points on 6-8  from the field. Kelley, who leads the nation with 4.5 blocks per game, had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks to maintain his lead on the rest of the country. 

The Beavers will now shift their focus to the next nonconference game against the University of Texas-San Antonio in Houston on Monday, December 18.

2020 Beavers: New talent to bolster both sides of the football

2020 Beavers: New talent to bolster both sides of the football

Oregon State was an underdog in every game played against FBS teams in 2019. That streak could end early in 2020.

No one thought the Beavers would get within one first down of a bowl game this past season. Now, the expectations and possibilities are endless regarding the upcoming season. I expect they would be underdogs in Stillwater at the season opener, Thursday September 3rd, against Oklahoma State. But game two in Corvallis on September 12th has a 4-8 Colorado State team in town. They could break that long streak of being an underdog that day especially if they perform well against the Cowboys. And the home schedule features Cal, UCLA and Arizona. Teams the Beavers beat on the road in 2019. Plus the Cougs and Ducks. 

 NEW PLAYERS THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE IN 2020

The first step is securing the verbal commitments from a group of student-athletes on December 18th. That is the early signing day and four impressive prospects have recently made it known they are excited about playing for Jonathan Smith in Corvallis.  Twitter is of course the way to announce your commitments in 2019.

Quarterback Chance Nolan 

Chance is a 6'2" 186 pound QB from Saddleback College. Rivals.com calls him a dual-threat quarterback. He has great arm strength and should provide added competition at the position now in the hands of Tristan Gebbia.  He cancelled all other school visits after spending time in Corvallis.

Defensive End Sione Lolohea

Sione was recruited by Boise State, Colorado and BYU but is a hard commit to the Beavers program. He is the 23rd ranked defensive end in the nation and could become a big part of the Oregon State defensive line. 6'3" 240 pounds from San Bernadino, California

Offensive Lineman Taliese Fuaga 

Taliese is one impressive offensive lineman from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. 6'5" 320 pounds, Taliese also received offers from USC and Oregon and will play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl. 

Offensive Lineman Korbin Sorensen

Korbin hails from Kennewick and is a transfer from Portland State. He played in all 11-games this season for the Vikings and could have a shot at filling one of the holes on the offensive line that Blake Brandell, Gus Lavaka and Clay Cordasco are leaving.

Wednesday will be another big day for Jonathan Smith, his assistant coaches and the rest of the staff as they lay the foundation for next season. Year three will be huge for the program. The idea of getting to a bowl game is a real possibility. There are unknowns right now that could be answered soon. 

Hamilcar Rashed Junior is one dynamic football player who according to more than one publication is quote "testing the NFL draft waters."  It is bizarre that he was named second-team all Pac-12 and first team All American. Now, like most of you I would love to see him get one more season with the Beavers. It could be a special year. I really admire Hamilcar and enjoy chatting with him. And I love his message about not giving up. This tweet he sent out yesterday speaks about  his reality and perseverance.

I have my ideas about the individual he is talking about. He is a tough player who has such a great upside on and off the football field. 

Other Beaver news indicates  another sign that this program is totally on the upswing.

The Beavers have an SEC team coming to Reser in the future for the first time. Ole Miss will host the Beavers in 2027 and they will come to Corvallis for the first time in 2030. The Beavers will also have a home and home with the Lobos of New Mexico in 2027 and 2028.

We will be all over early signing day next Wednesday here at NBC Sports Northwest so make sure to stay tuned here on the website and on next week's Talkin Beavers!!

Oregon State QB Jake Luton an "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about.”

Oregon State QB Jake Luton an "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about.”

Coming off a career best season in Corvallis, Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton plans to pursue his NFL dream after finishing up school this week.

The sixth year senior, who passed for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions this past season in eleven games, joined the Talkin’ Beavers podcast to talk about his successor Tristan Gebbia, his thoughts on wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins going pro and Luton's NFL aspirations. 

Finishing up school this week. I’ve started some conversations with some training facilities and some agents, trying to find a good fit for me...I’ve accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA [Collegiate] Bowl so I’ll go do that in January and then train, training and getting prepared for the whole [draft] process. Get my body right, get my mind right so hopefully when the time comes...I’m able to throw the ball for these guys and get some interviews with some teams. That I’m prepared and ready to go and hopefully just get a shot.

In the coming weeks, Luton will hire an agent and start the pre-draft process after getting his second college degree. He'll get opportunities at the Hula Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to impress draft scouts ahead of 2020 NFL Draft. 

As for his draft stock? It may be better than you realize.

Following a week 12 victory over Arizona State where the signal caller threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard named Luton as a draft riser and a potential selection of Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

New Washington Huskies Coach Jimmy Lake referred to Luton as a future "NFL quarterback that nobody is talking about" to News Tribune's Lauren Kirschman.

Beaver fans will have to keep an eye on Luton as he aims to suit up at the next level. 

You can listen to his full interview here.

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Jake Luton on the future heir Tristan Gebbia

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Jake Luton on the future heir Tristan Gebbia

When Oregon State football quarterback Jake Luton did not trot onto the field at Autzen Stadium in this year's 123rd chapter of the Civil War, redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia gave Beavs fans a glimpse into the future. Gebbia finished the game 26-for-40 for 243 yards. Not a bad debut for your first career start against one of the top defenses in the Pac-12 conference.

Luton joins Talkin' Beavers with host Nigel Burton to discuss his time at Oregon State, his future hopes for football and the new with regime with Tristan Gebbia behind Center.

Listen to the full podcast below:

Oregon State adds home-and-home series with Ole Miss and New Mexico

Oregon State adds home-and-home series with Ole Miss and New Mexico

Beaver football fans, book your flights for Mississippi. Well, in seven years.

The Oregon State Beavers have agreed to a home-and-home series with SEC’s Ole Miss and the Mountain West’s New Mexico. 

The Beavers will play Ole Miss in Oxford on September 18, 2027, and will host the Rebels in Corvallis on August 31, 2030. It’ll be the first time an SEC team currently in the conference will play in Corvallis against the Beavers. 

Ole Miss recently hired former FAU coach Lane Kiffin to take over the program, and based off his coaching resume, the Rebels should be a force by the time this series happens. 

Oregon State will also host New Mexico on September 11, 2027 and then play in Albuquerque on September 9, 2028. 

Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes had the following to say about the newly scheduled series.

Scheduling for success is a pillar of our Beaver football program. The goal is to play a Power 5, Group of 5 and FCS opponent on a yearly basis to complement the nine-game Pac-12 Conference schedule; for the most part we have been able to adjust future schedules to achieve that goal.

Additionally, the Beavers added home games against FCS schools Portland State for 2025 and 2027 and Idaho State in 2024. 

The Beavers will open the season against Fresno State now in 2025, moved from the game’s original date of 2024. 

7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

Following their best season since 2013, the Oregon State Beavers (finished 5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) also have their most representation on the All Conference teams in the Pac-12 since that season.

Let’s break it down. 

SECOND TEAM:

WR Isaiah Hodgins

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist finds himself on the second team in the conference despite being named a top 10 receiver in the country. Hodgins dominated as the Beavers’ primary offensive option this season with majority of his catches moving the chains for the offense. He finished the season with 1,171 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. 

Following his snub for first team, Hodgins took to twitter to claim it was all “politics”.

OLB Hamilcar Rashed Jr.

Another Beaver snubbed of recognition on the first team was the conference leader in sacks (14) and the national leader in tackles-for-loss (22.5). His breakout season was a significant reason for the improvement of the Beavers’ defense and directly resulted in wins. Rashed Jr. is currently testing the waters on if he’ll enter the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. 

OL Blake Brandel

The former Central Catholic Ram finished out his career at Oregon State as an all conference second team offensive lineman. Brandel started each game the Beavers have played over the previous four seasons. The left tackle protected Luton’s blindside and opened up running lanes for Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB Jake Luton

The sixth-year senior signal caller had his best season yet throwing for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week served his final season as a co-captain and will play in the Collegiate Bowl ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft process.

TE Noah Togiai

The senior tight end put together another career season where he finished with 44 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns. His highlight of the season came against Arizona State when he hurdled a defender into the endzone.

OL Brandon Kipper

The transfer from the Hawai’i Warriors started all 12 games for the Oregon State Beavers this past season. He allowed just one quarterback sack all season.

LB Omar Speights 

Speights was named a Pac-12 defensive honorable mention after finishing second on the team with 73 tackles. 63 of those tackles came in the final seven games of the season when his role was expanded. He earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for his 18 tackle performance against the Washington Huskies.

Oregon State lands commitment from DE Sione Lolohea

Oregon State lands commitment from DE Sione Lolohea

The good news just keeps coming for Oregon State football fans.

Tuesday morning, strongside defensive end Sione Lolohea announced his commitment to play football for Coach Jonathan Smith and Oregon State in the 2020 recruiting class.

 

The 6-foot-3 defensive end from Waimanalo, HI committed to the Beavers over Boise State, BYU and Colorado amongst others. The three-star recruit is ranked as the No. 23 strongside-defensive end in this upcoming recruiting class by 247Sports.

The coaching staff has been recruiting relentlessly ahead of the Early Signing Period from December 18-20, and has secured multiple commitments the last few days, including graduate transfer offensive lineman Korbin Sorensen and JUCO quarterback Chase Nolan.

Lolohea will look to provide more depth for a pass rush that looks to return nearly everyone from last season, besides potentially Hamilcar Rashed Jr. who is currently testing the draft waters. Smith has said he expects Rashed Jr. to return for his senior season, however. Last season, the Beavers defense ranked No. 22 in the nation with 86 tackles-for-loss and No. 32 in sacks with 32. 

You can watch Lolohea’s senior season highlights below.

Beavers land JUCO QB Chance Nolan

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Chance Nolan / Twitter

Beavers land JUCO QB Chance Nolan

 

The Beavers continue to add to their 2020 recruiting class. 

JUCO quarterback Chance Nolan has committed to playing for Oregon State next season.

He played college ball at Saddleback College in Menifee, CA where he put up 3315 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions in eleven games played.

Interestingly, he’s the second quarterback being brought in this recruiting cycle by head coach Jonathan Smith. It appears that he’s trying to solidify depth behind redshirt sophomore Tristan Gebbia, who performed well in his first career start in the Civil War this past season.

The 6-foot-2, 186 pound pro style quarterback will be eligible right away and plans to enroll in January to compete with Gebbia for the starting job left behind by Jake Luton. 

Oregon State beat out other schools competing for Nolan’s commitment such as Utah and Oklahoma State. 

Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

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Korbin Sorensen / Twitter

Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

 

The Beavers continued to further solidify their 2020 recruiting class Sunday night when they secured a commitment from graduate transfer offensive lineman Korbin Sorensen. 

Sorensen played college football at Portland State University where he redshirted his freshman year before starting in 33 games over the next three seasons, mostly at right guard.

The 6-foot-6, 305 pound offensive lineman will have one final year of eligibility at Oregon State. He’ll aim to provide depth for an offensive line losing three starters from last season: left tackle Blake Brandel, right guard Gus Lavaka and left guard Clay Cordasco.